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United Republic of Tanzania
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Location  Africa
Capital  Dodoma
Area  947,300 sq km
Population  42,746,620
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  • Tanzanian footballer Mbwana Aly Samatta was crowned Africa's footballer of the year, based in Africa, by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on 7 January 2016.[1]

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  • The Wildlife Conservation Society released a picture of the world's newest snake on 9 January 2012 - discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania. The striking black-and-yellow snake was named Matilda.[2]

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  • Tanzania on 24 January 2017 was named as the world’s second least toxic nation by renewable energy firm Eco Experts, securing a position to a list that takes account of air pollution, renewable energy production and energy consumption.[3]

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  • Wild African elephants prefer to live in safer, protected areas and become stressed when they leave them, according to a research study published by Tanzanian and Norwegian scientists on 29 January 2013 in the African Journal of Ecology. The study aimed to determine African elephants' welfare inside Serengeti National Park and in the partially-protected adjoining areas of Grumeti Game Reserve and Ikoma Open Area, where human disturbance is greater.[4]

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  • Tanzanian politician Jakaya Kikwete served as the Chairman of the African Union - a union consisting of African states and formerly known as Organisation of African Unity. Jakaya took the office on January 31, 2008 and served as the sixth chairman of African Union.[5]


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  • Sophie Tremblay of Tanzania was named as one of recipients of the Code For Africa project grant on 2 February 2017 as part of its innovateAFRICA initiative for a project named Blast Tracker.[6]

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  • Tanzania has discovered an additional 2.17 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of possible natural gas deposits along Ruvu Basin in Coast Region, raising the east African nation's total estimated recoverable natural gas reserves to more than 57 tcf, as reported on 25 February 2016.

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  • The East African Community (EAC), a regional intergovernmental organization for cooperation between the member countries, on 27 February 2016 officially launched the first One Stop Border Post (OSBP) between Taveta, Tanzania and Holily, Kenya aimed at reducing trade costs in East Africa.[7]

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  • Anna Henga, a lawyer and passionate human rights activist from Tanzania, was honoured with the 2019 International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award by the United States.[8]

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  • Jozani-Chwaka Bay in Tanzania, the biosphere reserve that encompasses the only national park on the island of Zanzibar, was added to the list of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves on 19 March 2016. The list recognizes regions that have maintained a healthy economy while hanging on to significant environmental values.[9]

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  • Vicky Ntetema of Tanzania, executive director of Under the Same Sun, an NGO dedicated to ending the often-deadly discrimination against people with albinism, was awarded the 2016 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony on 29 March 2016 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.[10]

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  • Tanzania and Norway signed an agreement on 9 April 2013 under which Norway will provide NOK 700 million ($122 million) to Tanzania over a four-year period. This funding will be channelled to a rural energy fund in Tanzania that will give people in rural areas access to electricity.[11]

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  • Edward Loure of Tanzania won the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize, considered as the Nobel Prize for grassroots environmentalism, on 17 April 2016. Edward led a grassroots organization that pioneered an approach that gives land titles to indigenous communities—instead of individuals—in northern Tanzania, ensuring the environmental stewardship of more than 200,000 acres of land for future generations.[12]
  • Reginald A. Mengi, founder and chairman of the IPP Group in Tanzania, was announced as the winner of the prestigious 2012 Oslo Business for Peace Award for his consistent advocacy on the need for business to actively engage with communities and take responsibility for their development.[13]

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  • Tanzanian reporter Vicky Ntetema won the 2010 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) for her courageous journalism at the age of 51. IWMF officially announced the award in a press release on May 10, 2010. Later in the year, the award was presented in the United States.[14]

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  • Tanzanian chemical engineer Dr Askwar Hilonga won the first Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for his specialized water-filtration system on 2 June 2015. The Africa Prize is an initiative of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering.[15]

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  • The number of tourists visiting Tanzania rose 12 percent in 2016 compared to previous year, according to an official report published by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, the Bank of Tanzania (BOT), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Immigration Department and the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT) on 9 June 2017.

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  • Tanzania and 25 other nations from Africa on 10 June 2015 signed a historic free trade pact, Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), that will ease the movement of goods across member countries in next five years. Once fully implemented, the 26-nation TFTA will be the continent's largest free-trade zone.

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  • Tanzanian conservationist Makala Jasper, chief executive officer of the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative, a Tanzanian non-profit committed to improving the well-being of rural communities as well as the forests upon which they rely, won the 2016 National Geographic/Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation.[16]

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  • Tanzania has nearly tripled its estimate of recoverable natural gas reserves to up to 28.74 trillion cubic feet (tcf) from 10 trillion after huge recent discoveries in the east African country's deep-water offshore region, according to an official announcement on 19 June 2012.[17]

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  • High-level government representatives from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya on 26 Jun 2014, at the first United Nations Environment Assemble (UNEA), announced their intention to work together, along with INTERPOL and UN agencies, to curb the illegal timber trade that is stripping East Africa of one of its most valuable natural resources.[18]

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  • Tanzania banned the smoking of shishas or water pipes over health concerns, as revealed on 4 July 2016.

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  • The World Bank Group on 5 August 2014 committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries-- Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria.[19]

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  • Tanzanian scientists have discovered the oldest known fossil of a hand bone to resemble that of a modern human. The bone was discovered in Tanzania and dates to at least 1.84 million years ago suggests that ancient human relatives may have been larger than previously thought, as detailed in the journal Nature Communications on 18 August 2015.[20]

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  • Researchers have discovered a new species of gigantic, long-necked dinosaur that lived in Tanzania some 70-100 million years ago. The new dinosaur is called Shingopana songwensis, according to a study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on 24 August 2017.[21]

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  • Tanzania signed a $565 million deal on 12 September 2014 with the World Bank and other development partners to expand its main port of Dar es Salaam, part of plans to boost the country's role as a regional trade hub.[22]

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  • Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 17 September 2013 which would help implementation of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydro-electric project to cost 340 million US dollars. The objective of the project is to increase supply of electricity to the national grids of Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.[23]

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  • Felix Manyogate, a social entrepreneur and medical student, of Tanzania was named as the winner of the Young Goalkeeper Award at the 2017 UNICEF Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards for dedicating his life to help others, especially those in vulnerable communities.[24]

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  • Thanda Island in Tanzania was recognised as the Leading Luxury Island in Africa at the 2018 World Travel Awards.[25]

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  • Tanzania was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the African region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.[26]

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  • Etihad Airways launched its daily flights between the business city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on 1 December 2015.

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  • Independence Day of Tanzania. Tanzania gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.

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  • Zanzibar in Tanzania was named World's Leading Dive Destination 2015 at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015 in Morocco.[27]

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